Friday, January 17, 2014

The Baby Bubble Bed by Lana Agiyan

As any sleep-deprived parent will tell you, there's nothing quite like the joy of seeing your precious newborn drift off to sleep in a safe environment … if only because it means you might get a few minutes' rest yourself. As such, there are countless products on the market which promise to help you achieve this almost mythical state of sleep, and soon there could be one more - a hypoallergenic bowl-shaped baby bed.

Bubble Baby from designer Lana Agiyan is a vacuum-thermoformed and blow molded acrylic baby bed, which was inspired by a traditional Russian tumbler-toy called a Nevalyashka. The transparent bed can rock in any direction up to a 17 degree angle, but will return to an upright position thanks to a 15-kilogram (33-lb) Plexiglas weight center.
The mattress itself contains a layer of buckwheat hulls - said to be ideal for babies because it's naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic, anti-fungal, breathable, insulating and odor resistant - and is said to give the impression the baby is sleeping on a cloud within the acrylic bubble, allowing anxious parents to watch their child's every move.

One of the most unusual aspects of the Bubble Baby is the liquid polymer containing a nano-titanium dioxide coating, which the bed has been treated with. Created in conjunction with Estonian-based firm Nanoformula, it is claimed to improve optical transparency and to ionize the bed, making it self-cleaning and odor-eliminating.

The photo catalytic effect of the titanium dioxide nanoparticles means the bed begins to degrade dirt and air pollution when exposed to sunlight. The coating also "heals" potentially germ-harboring scratches in the bed, making it safer for little sleepers - it is also said to be eco-friendly, and certified for use in the EU.

The Bubble Baby - which can be used from newborn to five months and then used as toy storage or a swing - is currently being developed with an Indian furniture firm that hopes to take it into production soon. There's no word on how much it will cost.

Dimisco - Unusual Fine Woodworking

Exponential customization has become the main source of added value of the production of more and more professional designers. In this way, not only they are able to differentiate themselves and stand out of the mass, but they can also give their customers something that is perfectly in line with their own tastes and personality.

A small but interesting company has entirely embraced this approach to design:Dimisco, a craft company headquartered in Trieste, Italy, designs and build bespoke fine furniture and customized objects made in wood, with the constant attention for exclusivity and uniqueness offered to each client.

The denomination of the company is due to the name of its own founder, Diego Miscoria, professional designer expert at working on wood: as a matter of fact, this ambitious talent has been dealing with wood all over the world in the latest twenty years, moving from boat building to furniture making both for private and corporate clients. Today, Miscoria has acquired a solid ability to well perform in a wide range of activities: from architectural design, to architectural restoration, to interior design and interior lighting. Even if wood remains his favorite element, he is good at working with glass, veneer and/or metal as well, whenever the complexity of his works requires the usage of more than one material.

The production of this company is quite contained, especially due to its small dimension and, above all, its peculiar pursue of exclusivity, which is the stated source of differentiation from the competition: working in close contact with customers and involving them in the creation process is the praxis, and the commissioning process has become almost a ritual, composed of four steps, in each of which the approval of the client is always necessary. The commissioner, therefore, has always a prevailing and leading role over the designer, whose main task is to deliver a product that is able to reproduce the personality of the final user.

Even if Dimisco’s volume of production is not particularly relevant, the range of products offered is actually wide and varied, aimed at satisfying various in-house needs of the customers: the products manufactured range, just to name a few of the spectacular pieces produced in the latest two years, from the fine Jafu chair, build up with the idea of minimizing the usage of woods while developing an interesting shape, to the magnificent Dragon lamp, made up of both wood and Murano glass, to the minimal walnut armchair, designed to exalt the beauty of this material, to the Wall mount for Apple iMac, ideal to rationalize spaces.

Even if wide room for customization is left to the buyer, some peculiarities are constantly present in the works of this artist: morbid curves, purity and simplicity of structures, glorification of natural materials. Utility and beauty are perfectly matched and these mixes effectively respond to the aesthetic requirements of expert eyes. Therefore, if you want something unique, this company is no doubt the right one for you.

Grow Up Series by Kwon Jae Min

The Korean designer Kwon Jae Min designs and crafts a beautiful range of furniture under the title "Grow Up". So far, he has developed a “vocabulary” of tables, chairs, benches, lamps, coat racks and bowls; often in combination. For example a table with a lamp or a coat rack protruding out of its surface.

While the structures are compound, made from pieces of wood that masterfully have been joined together, with smooth transitions between all elements, he works with the grain of the wood so that the structural lines are echoed in the textural grain. We may consider this to be based on the tradition of organic design (as defined by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright), where form and function are unified and shapes, colors and patterns are based on nature itself. Kwon Jae Min's work however hints at older craft traditions, where furniture and utility objects were made by finding pieces of wood that naturally had grown into a shape containing as much as possible of the finished object and thereby minimizing effort and optimizing strength and beauty.

Kwon Jae Min has both a Bachelor (2004) and Masters (2009) degree in Fine Art from the University of Hongik in Seoul. Based in Seongnam, a major city in the Seoul Capital Area in South Korea, he has exhibited extensively in his home country but his work can also be found in the Korea Cultural Centre in London and Design/Miami-Basel in Switzerland.

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